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Pumping Out Floodwater From Your Home

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a plumber Contact a local remediation company for help.

Has external flooding resulted in a basement flood? While it is natural to want to remove the water as soon as it accumulates, it is crucial to keep in mind that as long as external flood levels are high, no amount of pumping will eliminate your flooded area. Contact a water mitigation expert in Colorado Springs, CO, for some tips on how to cope with the continuous flooding, and get prepared for how to deal with the aftermath, especially if your insurance coverage is not adequate. There are two things you will need to know about water removal.

2 Things You Need To Know About Water Removal

1. Purchasing or Renting Equipment

You will want to buy a pump for when the flooding recedes outside. However, depending on the depth of the basement flood, you may need to purchase or rent a submersible pump. These pumps have sealed electrical cords and can often connect to regular garden hoses. Keep in mind that the larger the hose, the quicker water is removed. You may also need a generator to run the pump since it is not advisable to use your home's electricity because of the safety risks.

2. Setup and Water Removal

The first thing you will want to do is attach the extension cord to the unit. Make sure to secure the cable above the unit somewhere dry. Most homeowners choose to secure the extension to a ceiling joist or stair rail. Next, you will need to attach the hoses to the unit. Finally, you will want to tie a rope to the unit to allow you to lower it at different depths throughout the removal process.
With everything connected, lower the unit into the water. If the water is only a few inches deep, then you can find the lowest point and place the unit there. However, if the water is a few feet, you may want to start at the highest position. Once in place, plug the unit into the generator to start the pump.

While removing water from your basement flood is easy, the damage may be hard to manage. Contact a local remediation company for help.

How To Protect Your Building Envelope

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

Image of damaged building envelope. Protect your building envelope

Today many buildings are protected by a "building envelope." This envelope is made of the roof, subfloor, exterior doors and windows, and walls. The goals of the envelope include keeping the interior:

  • Dry
  • Cool
  • Heated
  • Comfortable

A sturdy envelope also strengthens the structure of your Colorado Springs, CO, building. When the envelope fails, rain damage may occur leading to energy losses, reduced productivity, and expensive repairs. If you've found water damage or suspect damage, there are several steps you can take to repair the envelope and keep moisture out of your building.

3 Steps To Repair The Envelope Of Your Building

Find Moisture Leaks

Wear and tear, damage from pests, missing roof shingles, and sagging doors and windows could all provide a way for moisture to get into your building. A visual inspection may be enough to find out how water is getting into the building. Inspect flashings, edges of doors and walls, expansion joints, and everywhere that one material meets up with another material. Remember that some water damage, such as black mold growth, can't always be found with a visual inspection. Once or twice a year, you should schedule professional inspections.

Contact Repair Professionals

Sometimes property owners are tempted to ignore leaks until substantial problems arise. This can become a very expensive mistake. Instead, it's best to contact professionals with the training and supplies necessary to repair existing rain damage and prevent more water from getting past the building envelope.

Improve Preventative Measures

One area of damage is usually a sign that there's widespread damage. It's rare that one spot of damage is an isolated occurrence. A single gap between the window corner and the exterior wall should prompt you to update the sealing around all of the windows. Make sure that routine maintenance and professional inspections are scheduled consistently throughout the year.

The best way to protect the protective envelope of your building from rain damage is regular inspections and repairs completed by water damage repair and reconstruction professionals. Be proactive when it comes to protecting your building from expensive damage.

4 Steps for Reducing the Risk of Commercial Fire

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

Image with different stickers, stop sign, a silhouette of a men falling down the stairs, etc. Many threats to commercial succes, including fire damage.

There are many threats to commercial success, and fire damage is one of the most frightening. However, with some fire preparation and consistent training, you can prevent, or at least reduce, the damage left behind after a fire in your Colorado Springs, CO, property.

4 Preparation Steps to Reduce Commercial Fire Damage

1. Create a Buffer Around Buildings

This step involves cleaning up any dry leaves, branches, and other vegetation from the sides of your buildings. It also involves trimming shrub and tree branches hanging next to the buildings. This protects your property from wildfire or fires in neighboring buildings. It also prevents a fire on your property from spreading to your neighbors.

2. Clear the Space Around Electrical Outlets

Power strips, extension cords, and other electrical sources tend to get hotter than other areas, and flammable materials could create a fire hazard. This simply means clearing papers, curtains, and other materials away from outlets and power strips.
Did you know that electrical fires make up a large percentage of the fires reported each year? They also tend to be some of the most expensive. Make sure you don't overload your outlets, power strips, and extension cords. Understanding the power needs of appliances is one part of your fire preparation plan.

3. Reduce Clutter and Designate Fire Escape Routes

One vital component of your disaster preparation plan is clearly the way for people to evacuate if a fire does happen. Throughout the year, practice your evacuation procedures, so everyone in the building knows how to get out. Make sure that boxes, doors, chairs, and other items aren't blocking these exit paths. It's also important to keep the areas around fire extinguishers and alarms clear.

4. Coordinate With Local Fire Authorities

Most businesses have to comply with annual fire inspections. Use the recommendations from these professionals to increase safety and reduce the risk of fire. If you don't have an inspection coming up in the next few months, reach out to schedule one. Your insurance company may also offer advice for reducing the risk of fire.
You can't always avoid fire and other disasters, but with a fire preparation plan in place that includes preventative steps, you can reduce your risk of damage. Get more information or schedule fire damage cleanup services from your local fire damage reconstruction professionals.

Protect Your Property From Storm Damages

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a person trimming a tree Trimming trees is important to protect your property from storm damages.

Tips To Protect Your Property From Storm Damages

Exterior maintenance is an ongoing concern for commercial property owners. The issue becomes even more important when storms threaten. The best way to avoid expensive trouble, especially during seasons of high winds and extreme weather, is to schedule routine inspections. This makes it possible for property owners to target problems before they get to be too large.

Some crucial areas to target include

  • Membranes, such as on roofs and around windows
  • Drains; watch for debris and other things that lead to clogs
  • Aging roof shingles
  • Foundations; watch for cracks and weak areas

Regular Maintenance

Whether you perform visual inspections yourself or schedule inspections through professional construction and damage remediation professionals, it's important to keep your building maintained. For example, keep the areas around exterior appliances and electrical equipment clear, for easy access and for a clear view during inspections. Other inspection maintenance should include trimming trees and shrubbery, clearing out rain gutters and spouts, and providing access to doors and windows.

Potential Trouble

During the building inspection, watch for problem areas and plan for potential risks. For example, intruders often take advantage of times of crisis to break into properties. Be sure you can secure doors and windows quickly when storms hit. You may also want to learn more about how storms affect buildings. For example, during tornadoes, buildings may become pressurized, causing windows to burst. Ask inspection and remediation professionals what the risks are in Colorado Springs, CO.

Other trouble spots may include the following:

  • Power lines that could fall onto your buildings
  • Tree branches that may break off during storms
  • Weaknesses in the property perimeter

Professional Advice

It's important to note any suggestions and recommendations made by the professionals during a building inspection. In addition to tips about exterior maintenance, you may get valuable information about reducing property damage when storms arise and decreasing any risks to personnel, customers, and inventory.

A regular inspection and exterior maintenance schedule could prevent expensive damages. Don't wait for storm warnings to prompt action. Keep your Colorado Springs, CO, business safe from storms with preventative steps.

Dealing With Smoke Damage After a Fire

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

Image of the front of a building with smoke damage with white letters stating "In need of a cleaning" Smoke damage in a Colorado Springs property.

When a fire happens to your commercial property in  Colorado Springs, CO, there's a lot to handle in the aftermath. One aspect that is not immediately obvious is the task of smoke cleaning. This is an important step that should not be skipped, so be sure to add it to your to-do list.

What It Harms

Smoke damage doesn't just mean seeing some dark smudges on the ceiling. Smoke and soot spread quickly and can manifest on almost everything in your building. It will affect different items and surfaces in different ways. Some common problem areas can include:

  • electronics
  • documents
  • furniture
  • fabric materials

How It's Cleaned

Depending on what needs cleaning, there can be a method for every scenario. Specific items, such as those listed above, each require their own customized type of smoke cleaning, that should be conducted by a qualified remediation specialist. Surfaces such as walls and solid furniture can handle a process of dry to wet cleaning. For upholstery and fabric than will shrink if exposed to wet cleaning, there is an option called foam cleaning. Immersive cleaning is a form of wet cleaning in which smaller objects can be totally sunk into a cleaning solution. The list goes on for many more categories.

How It's Reported

If you've hired a smoke odor and cleaning service, they most likely can help you with your insurance claim, as well. You will probably need to inventory all your content that has been damaged by fire or smoke, and gather all you can to verify each item's value. Then you can contact your insurance to determine your coverage. If you don't already have coverage, this moment would also be a good time to consider adding it.

Fire damage is a dynamic problem that needs to be approached from multiple angles. One of these angles that shouldn't be dismissed is that of smoke cleaning. Smoke damage can hinder functionality and cause a strong odor. Give it proper attention for a complete rehabilitation of your commercial property.

Choosing an Air Purifier To Prevent Mold Damage

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a tree inside of a home silhouette. You may want to consider adding an air purifier to your home.

One of the most common questions asked about air purifiers is whether they are effective at reducing and preventing mold damage. The answer is yes; these appliances trap and collect or attack the mold spores and other contaminants that could be floating around in the air of your Colorado Springs, CO, home. Purifiers either force air through an internal filtration system or they release charged particles into the air. Those particles then attach to contaminants.

How Purifiers Work

At this point, they are either filtered out of the air or the pollutants are killed by the charged particles. A good filtration system with a HEPA filter can trap very small contaminants:

  • Allergens
  • Bacteria
  • Dust
  • Mold and mildew spores
  • Pet dander and hair

When you have an air purification system in place, the air of your home will be cleaner and healthier to breathe. Which purifiers are best for removing mold spores?

How To Choose Purifiers

When you want to purchase an air purifier to combat the spread of spores and mold damage, use the following list of features to pick out the best appliance.

  • Treated filters with antimicrobial coatings or silver-ion threads
  • HEPA filtration
  • High filtration efficiency
  • Activated charcoal or carbon filters or UV lights
  • Ability to trap particles as small as .003 microns
  • A positive CADR rating

Of course, there are multiple types of purifiers, including electrostatic, ionic, and UV appliances. The HEPA filtration system is one of the first things you should look for. In addition to looking for the previous qualities and features, review each purifier for ease of use, airflow, and consumer responses. It’s also important to consider what you hope to achieve with the purifier. For example, ionic and electronic purifiers are popular, but they aren’t the most effective for providing relief from allergies.

Protect Your Indoor Air Quality

Most experts agree that indoor air quality tends to be worse than outdoor air quality. For your health, you may want to consider adding an air purifier to your home. If you are concerned that mold damage is already a problem, contact a mold cleanup and prevention expert for more help and advice.

Leaky Pipes, Broken Appliances, and Flooding: Does Your Insurance Cover Damages?

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a broken pipe Water damage due to broke pipes are common.

When the spring thaw has caused your pipes to burst and flood the basement or your air conditioner is leaking onto your wood floor, will your insurance company cover the damages? This depends, in part, on your insurance policy. The biggest factor is usually the type of damages:

  • Sudden and Unforeseen Damages are usually covered by homeowners' policies
  • Gradual Damages due to issues such as leaky pipes or a lack of maintenance may not be covered
  • Wear and Tear is nearly always up to the homeowner with very few exceptions

If you believe that your claim should be covered by your policy, you can reach out to a consumer advocacy organization in Colorado Springs, CO.

Keep Up With Routine Maintenance

Most of the time, insurance companies expect homeowners to regularly maintain the plumbing systems in their homes. This means taking steps to prevent the pipes from freezing, keeping the pipes free of clogs, and generally responding to any cracks, splits, and leaks. When homeowners don’t respond to leaks, rust, or deterioration, the insurance company is likely to hold the homeowner responsible.

Make a Claim Even If You Aren’t Sure It’s Covered

However, while the damages from a slow leak may not be covered, when leaky pipes become broken pipes and flood your home, the resulting damages fall under your insurance coverage. This type of coverage may be found in the all-perils section of your policy. This shouldn’t be seen as an excuse to avoid routine maintenance; if there’s evidence that neglect is the cause of the leak and/or break, the insurance provider may deny your claim.

Find Out Which Services Are Covered

When your claim is approved, damages to carpeting, floors, and drywall are generally covered. You may also get coverage for the services provided by water damage cleanup and restoration professionals. In some situations, mold prevention services are also covered. However, the cost to fix broken pipe probably won’t be part of this claim.

Reduce Exposure to COVID-19 at Your Workplace

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a person wiping a telephone and an office desk. Keeping your office desk and office clean can reduce exposure to COVID-19.

The current coronavirus that countries and communities are currently battling is easy to transmit. One of the means of transmission is by touching infected surfaces. If an employee or client with the virus comes into your Colorado Springs, CO, building, the virus could be left on doorknobs, tabletops, elevator buttons, and anything else the person touched. The next person to touch that surface could then pick up the virus and become ill themselves and/or contribute to the spread of coronavirus exposure.

Recommendations From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Individuals can and should take steps to avoid becoming sick. These steps are simple and effective:

  • Wash hands frequently and for twenty seconds, using soap and water
  • Wear a mask that covers both the nose and the mouth
  • Stay home when feeling sick
  • Use a tissue to cover the nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing

Most people aren’t at risk of becoming seriously ill, but the steps individuals take to reduce the spread of the virus can prevent unnecessary deaths.

Unseen Exposure Increases Numbers of Infected People

Part of the problem with this virus is that people may be asymptomatic carriers for up to two weeks before getting sick or may carry the virus without ever appearing sick. This means that your business could already have been exposed to the virus. For this reason, consistent coronavirus cleanup must be a top priority. Without routine cleaning, you could inadvertently contribute to rising levels of coronavirus exposure in your community.

Professionals Are Equipped To Face the Virus

SERVPRO offers covid-19 cleanup services and is Here to Help commercial properties. Using FDA approved disinfectants and drawing upon more than 40 years of experience, SERVPRO cleanup professionals are prepared with appropriate personal protective equipment and current training. Trained technicians use modern disinfection practices to provide thorough coronavirus cleanup.

Concerns about coronavirus exposure don’t have to become fears about the virus. As individuals and companies take steps to minimize the spread of the virus, there will naturally be less cause for alarm.

Replacing an Old Toilet

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaking from toilet. Leaking toilet in Colorado Springs, CO.

True, with proper upkeep and maintenance, a toilet may last longer than initially expected, but the day will come when the seals fail, and wear gives way. When this happens and your left with a broken and leaking toilet, you will need to replace the old with a new toilet, and that can be done relatively simply.

  1. Remove the Old Toilet

An old toilet can fail for many reasons, but whatever the reason, to avoid a significant water and possible sewage disaster, it is wise to remove the toilet and replace it. The steps for removal are straightforward.

  • Shut off and remove the water supply line.
  • Use water solidifier to dry up any remaining moisture.
  • Remove the bolts and toilet from the floor.
  • Remove the wax ring.
  • Block sewer gases by stuffing a rag into the exposed drain.
  • Remove and repair or replace the flange, if needed.

  1. Installing the New Toilet

While a leaking toilet may not be cause for replacement, a new toilet does provide some security as a thorough fix. Thankfully, the installation of a new toilet is as straightforward a process as the removal.

  • Install the new bolts into the flange.
  • Press the wax ring onto toilet base.
  • Remove the rag from the floor drain and set the toilet in place, over the bolts.
  • Secure the toilet by using cap bases, washers and nuts.
  • Prep the tank by installing the inner workings and the bolts.
  • Secure the tank to the toilet bowl by sliding the bolts through the predesignated holes.
  • Attach and tighten all bolts, and turn on the water supply, checking for leaks.
  • Install the seat, and you’re finished.

Since not every toilet repair or replacement goes smoothly, it may be wise to have a plumbing specialist in the Colorado Springs, CO, area on standby. These individuals can swap out your toilet in no time.

While there can be numerous reasons for a leaking toilet, age may be a factor. If age is the underlying cause, then replacement is a wise decision and can be performed by you or a professional.

SERVPRO: An Exciting Franchise Opportunity

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Consider a SERVPRO franchise for a new business opportunity.

When you're ready to take a new business opportunity, consider a SERVPRO franchise. There are many positive factors to consider:

  • Locally owned
  • Strong corporate support
  • Modern technology
  • Industry recognition

How do these factors make SERVPRO one of the best opportunities for your next business venture? You could ask a local disaster recovery and restoration technician, and you can do some research into local and corporate opportunities.

Local Ownership

When you own a local franchise, you may already have a strong network that includes family, friends, neighbors, and other business owners. You have a working knowledge and familiarity with the storms, disasters, and emergency situations that are most likely to occur in Colorado Springs, CO. Local ownership also means that you can respond quickly when customers need an immediate response.

Strong Corporate Support

SERVPRO has franchises across the country with strong support from corporate headquarters. Corporate teams support franchise owners by facilitating training and sharing requirements from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. Corporate representatives help franchise owners maintain a high level of quality for consistency from one franchise to the next.

Modern Technology

In addition to purchasing cutting-edge machinery and cleaning supplies, each SERVPRO franchisee has access to a comprehensive database and information-sharing software system that connects all franchise owners with insurance agents and other professionals.

Industry Recognition

SERVPRO is recognized as one of the top disaster recovery and restoration franchise companies in the country. This recognition comes from Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 List and from IICRC, the industry certification leader. Corporate representatives and franchise owners work hard to maintain compliance with the highest industry standards for restoration and safety results. Each technician is certified to provide top quality results.

Available Opportunities

A SERVPRO franchise is a solid business investment based on several appealing factors. Reach out to company representatives to learn more about the opportunities open in your area. This may be a great time for you to take a new step forward.